OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — March 22, 2018 — Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt an order Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment. In response, Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) released the following statement attributed to Vonya B. McCann, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs:
“The Commission’s action today is a tremendous step forward in reforming the regulatory processes required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Order appropriately acknowledges that small cell deployments are fundamentally different from traditional wireless cell sites. Sprint wholeheartedly supports appropriate historic and environmental protections, but over the last 14 years, it became abundantly clear that the review system was broken. This resulted in massive costs and significant delays placed on wireless deployment with few corresponding benefits. Looking ahead, streamlining and accelerating the deployment of small cells will greatly benefit consumers across the country as Sprint works to build the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. We thank the FCC, particularly Commissioner Brendan Carr, for his thoughtful work on this issue.”
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.6 million connections as of December 31, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Lisa Belot, Sprint